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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Singapore and Sarawak vacations

Environment

On this Borneo vacation you will visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, located in Semenggoh Nature Reserve, which is home to a community of orangutans and other wildlife which have been found injured, orphaned or kept illegally as pets. The Centre works hard to educate the local and international community on the importance of preserving the regions indigenous wildlife but also to rehabilitate the animals back into their natural environments. The Centre has had such an amazing success rate and is now working in conjunction with Matang Wildlife Centre, in Kubah National Park, to coordinate the wider release of the animals. This important work is done with the help of donations and entrance fees to the centre paid on your behalf by our local agents.
In conjunction with Orangutan Appeal UK, for every booking to Borneo we adopt our chosen Sepilok orangutan, Gelison, in your names for a year. Orangutan Appeal UK works to support the orangutans of Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre which provides 24hr essential care for orphaned and injured orangutans with the aim to rehabilitate them into the wilds of the adjacent Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve and beyond. Funds from the adoption costs go towards funding the Centre’s work providing food, medical care and a safe refuge for the orangutans as well as being an important educational tool for visitors.

Community

Our local Borneo ground agents employ only local guides and drivers thereby keeping all moneys paid to staff in the local community. They own and run the two jungle lodges used on the trip, Nanga Sumpa Lodge and Lubok Kasai. Both lodges were built in conjunction with the local Ulu tribe and roles are fulfilled by the Ulu tribes-people including boat transfers and lodge staff. Where possible, food served to guests at the lodges is sourced locally thereby providing a further income to local residents. The lodge provides excellent opportunities not only to explore the surrounding jungle reserves and search for the resident wildlife but also to learn a little about the Ulu Ai culture while generating an important source of income for the tribe.
This vacation stays in the boutique Hotel Vagabond in Singapore, a member of the Garcha Hotels chain which supports the Aashita Foundation. Their main purpose is to transform children’s lives through love, support and education, delivered in a protected and caring environment. Aashita was set up in 2011 in Jaipur, India to work exclusively for orphaned and abandoned girls. It currently has 13 girls in its care aged between six and thirteen. Its mission is to fully support and educate each of these girls through to adulthood, providing them with the ability to lead independent and fulfilled lives. The girls live with three “mothers” in a large house with a familial atmosphere. In addition, there are two live in teachers and further support staff to look after all their needs.

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